Company: Etihad Airways
Country of residence: Switzerland
Peter Baumgartner took his career in aviation to new heights last year when he landed the job as CEO of Etihad Airways. The Swiss joined the Abu Dhabi-based airline in 2005 and was promoted to chief operating officer four years later. His appointment as CEO puts him on the same plane as some of the world’s top aviation bosses, and came as Etihad implemented a restructure of its executive management team, handing him responsibility for the day-to-day running of the airline.
Baumgartner has played a key role in Etihad’s global commercial strategy, including buying stakes in various airlines worldwide. He has overseen divisions as varied as global sales, marketing, guest experience and guest services, call centres, e-commerce and Etihad Holidays. Prior to Etihad, he held senior roles at Swissair.